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Compressor builds to 100 lb pressure. after a few minutes use, it comes on again to begin pressure build up. next cycle, it trips circuit breaker in house.

Let the compressor cool for approx. 15 minutes and it will fill one time. Next cycle, it trips breaker again.

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You didn't provide all pertinent info available to you. Lets take what we have; and, consider why your compressor is overloading the circuit breaker. Points to ponder:

  1. Not knowing the exact model (not series) I don't know what the amperage pull is for your "extreme" compressor or the circuit breaker's rating. A 25 amp compressor connected to a 25 amp breaker could be an issue. Campbell Hausfeld's support pages are crashing so I can't check the possabilites.

  2. Are you using a lightweight extension cord? The lower the rating of an extension cord the higher the amp pull on the breaker. If you eliminate the extension cord does the problem go away? Ohm's Law applies. <http://www.ohmslawcalculator.com/ohms-law-calculator>

  3. What else is on this breaker? Is there other high-amp equipment in another room (water cooler, window air-conditioner, portable electric heater, etc.) pulling from this same circuit breaker.

  4. Is the circuit breaker not performing to specification? I've seen failing breakers trip early.

    First, check the owner's manual for power requirements. Next step, use no extension cord; and, insure nothing else is pulling power on that breaker. Then, use a different breaker and see if the problem follows the compressor. If all else checks out than I'd consider binding in the compressor causing the amp pull to be too high.

    Good Luck!

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Look at your motor amps and voltage settings. Any extension cord used should be capable of delivering full power required by the motor full load amps rating.
Extension cords should be oversized in wire gage or ampere rating to avoid voltage drops. If this is not the issue, then the house wiring splices and connections needs inspecting for tight connections, start at the breaker panel, the receptacle outlet, then in between.

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